About the Author

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek is Executive Editor of Mind, Mood, & Memory, a monthly publication sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston that focuses on the latest developments in mental health. Her regular interviews with outstanding Harvard researchers and medical experts have covered a variety of topics associated with the brain, including mood disorders such as depression, neurodegenerative diseases, aging, nutrition, mental stimulation, the brain benefits of exercise, and more. Jimison Vitek is an experienced journalist who has focused on health issues for a variety of publications, including major national newspapers. Over the years, her writing and editing career has encompassed projects ranging from reporting for national health agencies and pharmaceutical companies to authoring a diet book and documenting the progress of innovative programs for the New York City criminal justice and social service systems.

Articles by Susan Jimison Vitek

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For a Sharp Brain, Protect Your Senses

The overwhelming majority of older Americans are likely to experience a decline in at least one of their senses over the years, according to a new study—and many have problems in multiple sensory areas. And because the earlier sensory changes are recognized and treated, the better individuals are able to

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Recognizing the Types of Depression

Depression—a mood disorder that affects an estimated one in 10 Americans at some point in their lives—is a complex mental health condition that comes in a variety of forms, each with distinct characteristics.

“The concept of ‘depression’ is actually a broad category that includes multiple diagnoses,” explains Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD,

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Shield Your Brain from Harmful Free Radicals

The very air we breathe might be adding to our risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a study published online Sept. 5, 2016 in the journal PNAS. The researchers autopsied the brains of 37 older city dwellers and discovered abnormally high concentrations of magnetite, an iron oxide found in

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Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affect Both Mood and Cognition

The importance of the neurotransmitter serotonin in affecting mood has been widely acknowledged in numerous studies linking low brain levels of this key chemical with depression, anxiety, and irritability. Now, scientists are reporting another significant role the neurotransmitter plays in the brain—that of promoting memory and cognition.

Inadequate brain levels of

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Young Vegetarians on the Rise

A lot has been said about millennials—the group of 80 million Americans born after 1980 and before 2000. While they have been called coddled and narcissistic, the young generation also has some more positive attributes. A recent Pew Research Center report highlights various qualities of millennials, including confidence, self-expressiveness, and